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A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics
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A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics

Researchers say they have advanced comprehension of electric contacts in carbon-based nanoelectronics with a breakthrough development. 

How to Build a Neanderthal
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How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?
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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known...

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370
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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets
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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.

Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads
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Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

The question of whether online broadcast television is to remain in the hands of a stodgy industry that once declared the VCR the enemy is being put directly before...

Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata
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Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Software has been used to tap metadata from phones to map links between a criminal network in Sicily. 

Design Flaw in 'Secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, JHU Researchers Say
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Design Flaw in 'Secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, JHU Researchers Say

Researchers have found a flaw in the way secure cloud storage companies protect their customers' data, which could jeopardize the privacy protections they offer...

U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying
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U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

A group of academics and computer enthusiasts have used the Tunisian town of Sayada as a test site for a local network that is physically independent from the Internet...

Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones
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Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones

Researchers in Japan have developed a system that can map escape routes for disasters based on the behavior of ant colonies. 

Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos
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Google Uses Algorithms to Create SLR-Like Photos

Google has developed an algorithm that can generate photographic images with a depth of field similar to pictures taken by a single lens reflex camera. 

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit
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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Four black brick towers search upwards to an empty grey sky.

Biometric Surveillance Means Someone Is Always Watching
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Biometric Surveillance Means Someone Is Always Watching

Incrimination by selfie can happen.

Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot
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Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot

Even in today's rapidly evolving world of technology, there are few things that make your jaw drop when you see them in real life.

Combs of Light Accelerate Communication
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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources can enable the transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. 

Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling
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Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

A new system fulfills all of a baseball league's scheduling rules, and as many of the teams' requests and preferences as possible, using thousands of lines of code...

Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry
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Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Researchers have developed software that can simulate the making of complex clothing. 

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech
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Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

While the majority of Americans surveyed think tech developments will make life in the next half-century better, 30 percent said they would make life worse. 

Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?
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Chess Robots to Cause Judgment Day?

Autonomous systems must be designed and deployed very carefully or they could develop antisocial and potentially harmful behavior, according to a study.

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics
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Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants.
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